Cuba was conspicuously absent in Mandela coverage

  • Article by: AUGUST NIMTZ JR.
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Did the mainstream media not want people to recall that country’s role in the freedom fight?

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knuthansenDec. 9, 13 6:57 PM

Very brave of the Star in running this piece.

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krazyDec. 9, 13 9:36 PM

In his praise of Castro, the author of this article forgot to mention that Nelson Mandela was the SECOND longest-serving political prisoner in the world. The # 1 longest serving political prisoner in the world was Mario Chanes de Armas, imprisoned in Cuba by Fidel Castro.

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jarlmnDec. 9, 1310:03 PM

Mr. Nimitz is correct. And comrade Mandela was awarded the Soviet Order of Lenin and openly advocated Marxism throughout the scope of his revolutionary activities. The mainstream media has seemingly forgotten that part as well.

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staredDec. 9, 1311:38 PM

Not really important but his 2d wife was/is the widow of the long time communist ruler of Mozambique; adjacent to South Africa.

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jd55604Dec. 9, 1311:58 PM

The struggle in S. Africa, Namibia and Angola wasn't solely about aparthied. The sovets, chinese and cubans were trying to ignite their marxist revolution on the whole continent using the rallying cry of black power on a mostly illiterate people to achieve their goals. A self avowed marxist like mandela who sat in jail all those years with the media activists using their power to elevate his status to that of a messiah served the foreign communist aggitators well.

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wickeywackeyDec. 10, 13 7:43 AM

Thanks to those here who pointed all this out. Ok - the communists were helping Mandela, and the capitalists/US were on the side of apartheid. Apartheid lost. Sounds about right.

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foneboothDec. 10, 13 7:51 AM

This article highlights what many have trouble with today...that the world is not black and white, in spite of our efforts to sanitize it in such a way. It somehow gives us comfort if we can demonize those we disagree with...this is very much at work in American politics today and as a result, it divides us all into two large camps instead of make us work together. I really don't know how we fix this...

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chuckdancerDec. 10, 13 8:02 AM

Despite what the conservatives say, it is obvious to all that South Africa is a democratic republic; Mandela was the president of a democratic republic. It is of zero import whether someone else or some other country is communist or socialist. The conservatives forget to mention Mandela was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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bannedmuggsDec. 10, 1310:05 AM

Despite what the conservatives say, it is obvious to all that South Africa is a democratic republic; Mandela was the president of a democratic republic. It is of zero import whether someone else or some other country is communist or socialist. The conservatives forget to mention Mandela was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal. ================================== chuck - I have not seen one comment by a "conservative" calling South Africa communist or marxist or socialist so relax. However, I'm not sure if you've notice, but no one puts much credibility in the nobel peace prize since Obama won it for nothing. And the Presidential Medal of Freedom is given out like candy these days. The Congressional Gold Medal is about the only that isn't politically generated. But Mandela himself would say that you don't judge a man/woman by how many and which medals they have.

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bezoierDec. 10, 1310:28 AM

It's ironic that this author points out that the ANC's success resulted in "the first free elections in South Africa in April 1994," as if that's a good thing. Castro has denied free elections in Cuba for over FIFTY YEARS of his totalitarian prison camp. The world rightly recognizes Mandela's greatest act as stepping down from power. As did de Klerk, Pinochet, and countless others whose boots Castro and his sympathisers aren't fit to lick.

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